The staging was important to me. This is my first year in a new place, and my first year with a kitchen Christmas Tree - Rosemary is the herb sacred to remembrance and friendship, I have a lot to remember, and great friends to share those memories with.
I was lucky enough to be assigned Martha Stewart Living's Gingered Sugar Cookies. (In years past I have been assigned gluten free cookies and Lamb Tartare - both were labor intensive and not all that satisfying - this year, I caught a break!) These were a fun, easy cookie to make and I upped the ante by using fresh and candied ginger - so there is a really spicy snap in these twisted canes.
What wine works with ginger? Sankt Anna - Riesling Kabinett from the Mosel. I bought this bottle on a buying spree at my favorite wine shop The Village Wine Merchant in Seacliff, NY. Riesling Kabinett is a versatile wine that is Germany's driest Riesling. It's light, bright low alcohol (9% ETOH) makes it a great compliment to seafood, Asian, Thai, sushi, veggies, garlic and lighter poultry or pork; and now I can say that it pairs well with buttery ginger cookies!
These are basic butter sugar cookies with a twist of candied and fresh ginger (I substituted fresh ginger for ground ginger - it added a real brightness) It's also a really sweet cookie with both white sugar in the base and after dividing in half, adding molasses in half, and honey on the other. The citrus and acid in the wine worked well against the sweetness.
It was a fun afternoon of baking cookies, and getting into the holiday spirit.
Happy Holidays to all!
Here is a shot of the fantasy land/eco-earrior's nightmare that is in my new home town Wonderland at Roseville I bet it can be seen from space! (or at least planes flying in to Bradley International Airport)